When buying a horse, we always advise that you have any potential purchases thoroughly evaluated by a vet. We offer pre-purchase examinations (vettings) to both existing and external clients, with simple packages and no hidden charges. There are two types of vettings; two stage/limited or five stage/full vetting.
We cover a large area for pre purchase examinations.
What does a pre-purchase examination include?
A two stage vetting includes only stages one and two whereas a five stage vetting includes all five stages. The first step for any vetting, once it is booked in, is the vet will contact you beforehand to have a chat regards any concerns you have and your requirements for the horse and most importantly introduce themselves.
Stage one- Preliminary examination
This involves assessing the horses conformation, listening to its heart, checking eyes and assessing any lumps and bumps.
Stage two - Walk and trot in-hand
The horse is walked and trotted in-hand on a hard surface. Flexion tests are performed of all four limbs and trotting on a circle on a hard surface is performed, if it is safe to do so. This is where a two stage vetting would stop.
Stage three - Exercise phase
This horse is ridden to give sufficient exercise to assess the horses wind and increased heart rate and gait.
Stage four - Period of rest
The vet will observe the horse whilst it recovers from the exercise phase.
Stage five - Second trot up
The horse is trotted up again +/- flexion tests. This allows for any signs of strains or injuries made evident by the exercise and rest phases. A blood sample is also taken and stored for 6 months. The blood sample can be run by the lab at an extra charge if the purchaser requires.
Added extras and an extra charge:
Two stage pre purchase examinations: £125+VAT
Five stage pre purchase examinations: £210+VAT
Visit charges not included.
When buying a horse, we always advise that you have any potential purchases thoroughly evaluated by a vet. We offer pre-purchase examinations (vettings) to both existing and external clients, with simple packages and no hidden charges.
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Our service operates on the same phone number 24 hours a day 365 days a year. If you need us call 01837 214004 - a recording asks you to press 2 to be connected to our out of hours answering service. The direct dial number for our out of hours answering service is - 01209 823126
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